Business Line Manager, SARIS
The Search and Rescue Information System (SARIS) is a market-leading response decision support system used in Search and Rescue scenarios.
The SARIS search and rescue software version 4 is the latest generation of information technology for Search and Rescue, which has gained an international reputation over the last 20 years. It incorporates Search Area Determination (SAD) and Search Area Coverage (SAC), following IAMSAR procedures.
SARIS was designed by Coastguards and has been used by SAR Authorities across the world since 1996.
During a search and rescue operation, the primary planning requirement is knowledge of the likely search area where the SAR operators might find the targets. Any prevailing weather and sea conditions will complicate the trajectory of the search target. The correct search area is, therefore, never straightforward to determine. Our search and rescue software has been designed using forecast data and electronic charts and can be applied in any geographic ocean area.
The Search Area Determination component of the search and rescue software predicts the movement of a target under the combined action of winds, tides and tidal currents. Using the Monte Carlo methodology, the system establishes the most probable search area based on a range of likelihoods, errors and statistical deviations.
In addition, the existing three points models of a datum point, datum line and backtrack search and rescue (SAR) planning methodologies are available. SARIS has inbuilt databases of configuration parameters for rapid model setup.
SARIS seamlessly calculates on the fly the probability of detection (POD), containment (POC) and the likelihood of success (POS), track spacing, corrected sweep width, and the sub-area size.
Once search areas have been established, our search and rescue software provides the user with a suite of tools for configuring and deploying Search and Rescue Units (SRUs) in searching for the lost target(s). These advanced and easy to use graphical tools allow very rapid planning for the best use of SAR resources.
These SAC tools include the search patterns: